Yes, you are quite right in your assumption. Candida overgrowth has emerged out as the major cause behind the symptoms of fibromyalgia. You might be thinking is Candida the causative agent of fibromyalgia then. However, it doesn’t always require a pathogen to be a direct cause of a disorder and lead to the diseased condition. For opportunistic pathogens like Candida the by-products of their growth is good enough in the manifestation of such conditions. It is just the case with your fibromyalgia. Researchers working with fibromyalgia patients are observing a great shoot up in the cases of fibromyalgia which are co-occurring with Candida overgrowth. Accordingly, doctors dealing with patients having fibromyalgia are looking into the cases a lot differently as they used to do perhaps a few years back and their treatment regimens are now not only dependent on medicines but also on diets that can curb the growth of the yeast Candida.
What is fibromyalgia?
In general, the term fibromyalgia is referred to the experience of pains in your muscles and many terms are conjointly used to describe this situation (like shooting, burning, stabbing, etc of the muscles). The degree of the stiffness and pain of the muscles varies considerably throughout the day (extreme to mild) occurring even in one individual. According to a current estimate, ~ 15 million US citizens suffer from the chronic symptoms of muscular pain while it affects (3-6)% of the world population. In addition 85% of the Americans suffer from Candida overgrowth. Good enough chance that the fibromyalgia cases might be a fall-out of the Candida overgrowth.
The cause of fibromyalgia:
The actual reason behind the extreme muscular pain in fibromyalgia is still elusive. Scientists have come up with different theories regarding the cause of the disorder. Some of them believe that depression, trauma, illness can be the triggering forces behind the muscle pain. While others are of the opinion that imbalances in the chemical substances or hormones within your system can affect the nerve impulses thereby leading to fibromyalgia. However, most of the scientific fraternity agrees to the point that there is indeed an imbalance in the signalling of our nervous system due to some chemicals that alters our perception of pain. What are these chemical(s)? How can they lead to the manifestation of fibromyalgia? How are these chemicals synthesized? Can Candida produce them? A number of questions like these might be going through your mind. Let’s see how we can solve them.
The Candida connection to fibromyalgia:
According to Dr. Teitelbaum, MD, who is an expert in fibromyalgia nearly 96% of the patients with the muscle pain disorder have Candida overgrowth. He is thus convinced of a tie-up between the yeast and the muscle disorder and thinks that the treatment of Candidiasis is quite necessary in order to get rid of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Also, fibromyalgia weakens your body’s defense system to make you more vulnerable to the yeast. Dr. Crook has recoded his observations in the work, “The Yeast Connection” that can give some good insight into the menaces of Candida overgrowth. Dr. Daniels is of the opinion that if Candida is left untreated it can definitely lead to other health complications. Besides, Candidiasis and fibromyalgia share a number of symptoms in common: joint or muscle pain, chronic fatigue, bloating, intestinal pains to name a few. Good enough reason to believe that an overgrowing Candida population can be the reason behind the deep muscle pains that you have been experiencing.
Candida leads to fibromyalgia?
Well, let’s see if any Candida by-product can cause fibromyalgia symptoms. Candida overgrowth can lead to the over-production of a number of toxic substances like carbon dioxide, ethanol and tartaric acid. While carbon dioxide and ethanol has been ruled out as the causative reason for fibromyalgia, it is the tartaric acid that serves as the missing link between the yeast and the muscle pain disorder. Tartaric acid above a threshold level is a potent and lethal muscle toxin that when enters the muscles cause severe disabling effects of the muscles that is manifested through the extreme pain. It is often observed that individuals after an accident or other illness experience such pains long after the ailment has healed. If you closely consider the cases you will find that they had received high antibiotic doses that results in Candida overgrowth.
So, what should be the ideal therapeutic intervention?
The wise thing to do at such conditions is to intervene in the growth of the yeast following good diet habits with natural beneficial health supplements. As suggested by the works of Supraha et al., the use of probiotic products can do wonders to help you from fibromyalgia. Besides, out-competing Candida and relieving you from those muscle pains, the probiotic products like ‘probacto’ can make your immune system stronger to prevent the recurrence of such conditions.
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